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Volunteering Abroad In Your 30s

Volunteering Abroad In Your 30s

Need a break from your day-to-day? Looking for more meaningful ways to travel in your 30s? Volunteering abroad in your 30s with International Volunteer HQ unlocks a world of possibilities that will help you step out of your comfort zone, disconnect from the daily grind and have the experience of a lifetime!

Picture yourself immersed in the rich traditions of a new culture, exploring breathtaking landscapes and world wonders, and forging life-long friendships along the way. IVHQ opens the door to more affordable and accessible volunteer travel opportunities, where you can make a difference on a diverse range of community and conservation-based projects. As you work side by side with local communities, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of global issues, challenge your own perspectives, and develop a profound sense of purpose that will fuel your desire to make a difference long after your volunteer journey ends.

Quote from Hannah

The best moment from the volunteer experience was helping the baby sea turtles every day. The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was awareness of the tough life of the turtles and strengthened my desire to fight the climate crisis. What I would say to someone still hesitant about volunteering abroad is you’re in the same position as every other volunteer there. Volunteering tends to attract good, like-minded people so be brave and go for it! You won’t regret it.

IVHQ Volunteer Hannah - Turtle Conservation in Bali Quote from Hannah

Volunteer stories

Volunteer story from Nicole

“This was my first solo trip abroad, and I was very nervous. I had a lot of questions - Who would I meet? Would I have anyone to help me navigate through this whole process? What should I expect? When I arrived, I realized I had nothing to worry about. It’s amazing to have met people that share the same interests and viewpoints on life.”

Read about Nicole's experience
Volunteer story from Fabiana

In my 30s, I embarked on the beginning of an important decade by doing what I love most: helping others. Joining IVHQ for my first international volunteer experience was a game-changer. With 24/7 guidance, they made the process enjoyable. I immersed myself in new cultures, formed lasting bonds, and made a positive impact. The memories I gained during this transformative journey will forever fill my heart.

Read about Fabiana's experience
How to volunteer abroad as a traveler young adult in your 30s with IVHQ.

How to volunteer abroad with IVHQ

If you’re taking a break in your career, want a way to explore while giving back, or a meaningful travel experience, volunteering abroad with IVHQ is the way to go. Help with conservation efforts, get stuck into local community projects or help empower the next generation - there are so many ways to contribute!

Having the adventure of a lifetime can be done in 5 easy steps:

  • Apply for your chosen destination and project
  • Confirm your place by paying the Registration Fee
  • Prepare for your trip with the guidance of your IVHQ Program Manager
  • Depart for your destination
  • Our local team will collect you from the airport and support you every step of the way!

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Best programs for volunteering abroad in your 30s

Explore the most popular volunteer abroad programs for traveling in your 30s.

Volunteer in Argentina
Buenos Aires Córdoba
Volunteer in Argentina - Cordoba with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $350
Volunteer in Bali
Lovina Ubud & Nusa Penida
Volunteer abroad in Bali, Indonesia with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $385
Volunteer in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
Volunteer abroad in Cambodia with International Volunteer HQ
2 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $430
Volunteer in Ecuador
Quito
Volunteer abroad in Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $295
Volunteer in the Galapagos Islands
Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island
Volunteer abroad in Galapagos Islands with International Volunteer HQ
2 - 12 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $1420
Volunteer in India
Delhi Kerala
Volunteer abroad in India with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $330
Volunteer in Jamaica
Ocho Rios
Volunteer abroad in Jamaica with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 4 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $525
Volunteer in Jordan
Amman
Become a volunteer in Jordan with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
16+ accompanied or 18+
Program Fees from $854
Volunteer in Laos
Luang Prabang in northern Laos
Volunteer abroad in Laos with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $285
Volunteer in Morocco
Rabat, Casablanca and Sale
Volunteer abroad in Morocco with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $395
Volunteer in Nepal
Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara
Volunteer abroad in Nepal with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $275
Volunteer in Peru
Cusco Lima
Volunteer abroad in Peru with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $275
Volunteer in Romania
Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita
Volunteer abroad in Romania with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $504
Volunteer in Thailand
Hua Hin Chiang Rai
Volunteer abroad in Thailand with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $370
Volunteer in Trinidad and Tobago
Crown Point
Volunteer abroad in Trinidad & Tobago with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 4 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $620
Volunteer in Victoria Falls
Private game reserve in Victoria Falls
Volunteer abroad in Victoria Falls with International Volunteer HQ
2 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Program Fees from $1045
Volunteer in Zambia
Livingstone and surrounding suburbs
Volunteer abroad in Zambia with International Volunteer HQ
1 - 16 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Program Fees from $385

FAQs

Yes, volunteering abroad in your 30s is quite common. Many individuals in their 30s choose to take a break from their regular routines to explore the world, contribute to meaningful causes, and gain a fresh perspective on life. There are hundreds of travelers in their 30s that volunteer abroad with International Volunteer HQ every year.

Volunteering abroad can be tailored to suit your schedule and commitments. For example, International Volunteer HQ offers flexible volunteer programs available year-round with durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. This allows you to volunteer abroad during your vacation time or even take a sabbatical or career break from work.

Volunteering abroad in your 30s can offer various career benefits. It allows you to develop valuable skills such as cross-cultural communication, adaptability, leadership, and problem-solving, which can enhance your professional profile. Additionally, the experiences gained during your volunteer work can demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility and global citizenship, which may be viewed positively by potential employers.

There is no age limit to volunteering abroad through International Volunteer HQ. More than 30% of IVHQ volunteers are over 30. You can learn more about the diversity of the IVHQ community.

There are several ways to fund your volunteer trip in your 30s. You can save up and budget accordingly, explore fundraising options such as crowdfunding platforms, seek sponsorships or grants, or even consider combining volunteering with work opportunities abroad to offset some of the costs.

Volunteering abroad with your family is possible in your 30s. International Volunteer HQ offers family-friendly volunteer programs that allow you to embark on a meaningful journey together, promoting intergenerational bonding while making a positive impact on communities in need.

IVHQ offers a diverse range of volunteer projects suitable for individuals in their 30s. You can choose from opportunities such as teaching, childcare, healthcare, wildlife conservation, environmental sustainability, community development, construction, and more. The options are vast, ensuring you find a project that aligns with your interests, skills and the causes you care about.

International Volunteer HQ prioritizes the safety and well-being of volunteers through providing comprehensive pre-departure information, in-country orientation, 24/7 in-country support, and adhering to strict safety protocols. IVHQ programs are carefully selected and continuously monitored to ensure a secure and rewarding volunteering experience for individuals in their 30s.

Prior volunteer experience is not always required to volunteer abroad. IVHQ programs are perfect for individuals of all experience levels, including those who are new to volunteering. Your IVHQ Program Manager provides access to the necessary training tools and support to ensure you can make a meaningful impact regardless of your previous experience.

To choose the right volunteer program in your 30s, consider your interests, skills, and the causes you’re passionate about. You can explore our project options and then simply select a program that resonates with your values. Or get in touch with IVHQ’s Volunteer Experts who can help guide you in selecting the most suitable program based on your preferences and goals.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!
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